Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Smashwords Publishes 10,000th Ebook

The Smashwords catalog of original indie ebooks surpassed 10,000 yesterday. With your help, I think we can hit 25,000 by the end of the year. And hey, if we fall short and hit 20,000, it'll still blow a lot of people away, myself included.

10K is a huge milestone, not only for us as a business but also for the entire indie movement. Indie authors and publishers will inherit the future of publishing. I'm convinced of it.

What was once called the slush pile - the unpublished manuscripts languishing on the desks of literary agents and acquisition editors - is now moving online. Authors are bypassing the slo-mo business practices of the past in favor of instant publishing.

In the next couple years, I think we'll see more traditionally published authors step their toes into the indie waters as well. It's in their economic best interest to do so.

As I've often said in the past, we make ebook publishing fast, free and easy. But it's up to you to create and market a great book.

It's only a matter of time before some talented Smashwords authors become break-out commercial surprise hits - authors that were previously denied any chance to reach their audience. I think that's exciting.

I'm even more excited, however, by how we provide you, the author or indie publisher, the freedom to publish. The value of your work no longer need be judged by some Manhattan high rise publisher, or even by your commercial success. Instead, the value of your work is affirmed the moment you reach that first satisfied reader.

One author the other day told me how excited he was to receive his first Smashwords review - 5 stars - and he told me he was even more thrilled that the review came from someone he didn't know. Cool beans.

Thank you to each of you who took a chance on this dinky little ebook publishing startup and entrusted a small piece of your book's future to us. We're only getting started.


Shayne Parkinson said...

Congratulations on this milestone, Mark - and everyone else who makes Smashwords the great place it is!

Robert B. Healy III said...

This is wonderful! What a great site!
Congratulations Mr. Coker! Here's to a great year!

Gaelle Kermen said...

Félicitations, Mark.
Beau travail, excellent travail.
I would appreciate to find such a good work In Real Life french publishers.
Smashwords will be one of the 1rst !!!
I'm sure of that.
E-publishing is a new world.

JM said...

Congrats. Proud to be amongst the 10000.

David H. Burton said...

Congratulations, Mark!! This is great to see! You're doing all us indie authors a huge service here!

Alex Greenwood said...

Congrats, Mark! I am very glad I "took a chance" with Smashwords. It has been a very rewarding experience. That said, I hope you do write a post about "The Seven Bad Habits of Unsuccessful Ebook Authors." Dying to read it.

Debra L Martin said...

Congratulations Mark. I am very happy to have 4 of those 10,000 titles. Smashwords does a great service and I'm proud to be a part of it.

I agree with Alex. I would also like to see the 7 Bad Habits and also the 7 Good Habits posts you talked about.

Wilson James said...

10,000 titles is a great achievement, so congratulations are in order, and certainly well deserved. But, I also like the way that Mark is continuing to look ahead. I’m very happy to be part of the Smashwords success story.

For me, there was an extra reason to celebrate. On the same day that Smashwords hit 10,000; I was able to mark my own milestone. For the first time, I was able to say that there have been 1,000s (thousands) of downloads/sales of my 5 adult and young adult fiction titles; something that could have only happened because of the knowledge and information I’ve gained in the four months since I started with Smashwords.

Mark and his Smashwords team have given us the tools to publish and market our books. The Style and Marketing Guides are there for us to use. How effectively we use those tools is up to us, the Smashwords authors. Mark and his team have given us some very good advice, and if we chose to listen and make use of the information, we can achieve our own small victories.

If we individually draw more attention to our books, and Smashwords, it’ll help us all collectively as a group. The Smashwords team are doing their part to promote and market; we just need to do our part. We all have the opportunity to share in the success.

Good luck to us all!


Oswald Bastable said...

I havw two more to add in the near future!

Shelley Lieber said...

What an outstanding achievement! Congratulations, Mark. You've been a tireless crusader for Indie rights and we are so very grateful to you.

Unknown said...

Well done Mark and all Smashwords team! Your achievements are bordering on the heroic! Continued success into the future.

JA Konrath said...

Congrats. Try to resist when Google makes an offer to buy you out. :)

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Mark, Super Congrats!!!
I love this dinky little e-publishing company you've nurtured. LOL

I am so glad to be part of the 10,000 and hope I'm still around to see 10 times that.

Doug said...

Congrats Mark!

The indie market and its authors applaud your efforts, and look forward to the future as you and your team conscientiously navigate the mine field of the book publishing industry

J.A. Laughlin said...

Mark, I feel so priveledged to have been one of the first 10,000 published! Thank you for all you have done by making Smashwords and keeping it free! As a side note, I just got my first review on one of my two books published on Smashwords, and what an exiting one! Five stars! I was shocked because it's a short book meant as a supplemental to a series I'm writing.